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MONDAY - April 20, 2009

RALEIGH FELON SENTENCED TO OVER THREE YEARS IN PRISON

FOR ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, sentenced WESLEY BERNARD GARNER, 41, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 46 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 10, 2008. On January 26, 2009, GARNER pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On April 28, 2008, the Raleigh Police Department received information that GARNER was in possession of a firearm at his residence in Raleigh. A search warrant was obtained and on April 30, 2008, executed. Officers found a .38 caliber revolver along with ammunition.

GARNER has previous convictions that include breaking and entering, larceny greater than $400, common law robbery, and possession of cocaine.

Mr. Holding stated, “Mr. Garner’s extensive felony criminal history is concerning, in that he continues to commit illegal acts. This sentence today will guarantee that his illegal conduct will be curtailed while he serves his time in prison.”

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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